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The Form and Function of Ritual Dialogue in the Marriage Traditions of Celtic-Language Cultures
Journal of Folklore Research
  • James E. Doan, Nova Southeastern University
Department
Department of Literature and Modern Languages
Publication Date
5-1-2009
ISSN
0737-7037
Abstract

Neill Martin’s The Form and Function of Ritual Dialogue in the Marriage Traditions of Celtic-Language Cultures provides an interesting overview on the subject of ritual marriage dialogues in various Celtic-language societies, including Breton, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic, with a few sidebars on the related Manx and Cape Breton Island cultures, as well as the existence of similar institutions in other, non-Celtic-speaking societies. He focuses on the use of ritual dialogue, particularly in the matchmaking and betrothal phase, which may involve a verbal contest between poets, along the lines of the flyting in Scottish tradition.

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ORCID ID
0000-0002-4966-1251
Citation Information
James E. Doan. "The Form and Function of Ritual Dialogue in the Marriage Traditions of Celtic-Language Cultures" Journal of Folklore Research Vol. 46 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/james-doan/6/